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Love Goes To Buildings On Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever, by Will Hermes

Mick Jagger recently told VEVO that New York was a swirl of cultural action back in the mid ‘70s – punk mixing with disco mixing with rap mixing with art. Rolling Stone critic Will Hermes feels the same way. The sweep of his investigation into the Big Apple circa ’73-’77 is enticing. From the Bronx salsa dances to the Bowery punk escapades to the free jazz blowing that took place in downtown lofts, he scrutinizes all the creativity at hand while linking it in a way that doesn’t defy credibility. The best part is that his swirl of action always has clarity to it. A short section about the city’s 1977 blackout is turned into precursor of Foursquare. Johnny Thunders getting off a plane,Bruce Springsteen forsaking the studio, David Murray dining at Sardi’s, Meredith Monk viewing ofAnnie Hall being curtailed, and Talking Heads grilling dinner on their roof in Queens. Fun stuff. VEVO 

And NME’s Best Music Video of All Time Is…

Which is a more entertaining clip? Gaga’s “Telephone” or OK Go’s “This Too Shall Pass”? Which vid rocks your clever meter, Beastie’s “Sabotage” or Talking Heads’ “Wild Wild Life”? As far as intensity goes, is Metallica’s “Turn the Page” or Hole’s “Doll Parts” the fiercer piece of footage? Don’t worry, you don’t have figure out these tough questions by yourself. The folks at NME have done it for you. Check their list of 100 Best Music Videos (Stereogum’s got a nice presentation of ’em) and see if you’re down with their hierarchy. Bet you don’t guess their top choice before you hit the page.  Nope, it’s not the Janelle Monae joint above…

Fuse’s critic Christopher Weingarten weighs in.

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A great two-chorder (okay, four-chorder) by a cycle-obsessed birthday boy. He tried out for the Young Adults but he just didn’t cut the mustard. How many times did the Feelies spin this one?